Mountain of the Rogue Recreation Area Closed Until Further Notice

Medford, Oregon – As a result of the North River Fire, the Mountain of the Rogue Recreation Area will be closed until further notice. This order covers all BLM-managed public lands, roads, sites, and trails in Township T36S R04W, Sections 22, 23, 26, and 27 Willamette Meridian.

Members of the public may not enter closed areas, and all uses—including mountain biking, hunting and dispersed camping—are prohibited. The BLM is working as quickly as possible to stabilize the area and create safe conditions for public access. The primary concerns are snag hazards, rolling debris, and trail conditions.

Maps of the closure areas are available on the Bureau of Land Management’s website: https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/fire-restrictions

Weather and fuel conditions remain favorable for fire starts. Nearby residents and visitors to the area are encouraged to check with local emergency officials for the latest information on fire restrictions and evacuations.

For the latest road and weather condition updates, visit https://www.tripcheck.com/.

Please call 911 to report any signs of new fires.

Public lands are the backdrop of our community, where we live, work and play. We ask that everyone do their part to prevent new fires to protect our community, our first responders and our natural resources. Please help us limit potential new starts during this time:

  • Smoking is only allowed while inside a vehicle or while stopped in an area at least three (3) feet in diameter that is clear of flammable vegetation.
  • Operating a motor vehicle and parking off road (including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles) is only allowed on roadways clear of flammable vegetation.
  • Using fireworks, exploding targets or tracer ammunition is prohibited.
  • Using a chainsaw or other equipment with internal combustion engines for felling, bucking, skidding, wood cutting or any other operation is prohibited between the hours of 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM. A firewatch of at least one hour is required following the use of a saw.
  • Welding, or operating a torch with an open flame, is prohibited.

Visitors to lands managed by the BLM are also required to carry tools with them to ensure small fires can be put out quickly, including a shovel, axe, and at least one gallon of water or a 2.5-pound fire extinguisher. 

A list of personal use restrictions, as well as closure orders, are available at https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/fire-restrictions. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BLMOregon.

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

Release Date

Organization

Bureau of Land Management

Office

Medford District Office

Contacts

Name:
Kyle Sullivan